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Over 12 months, EML students participate in intensive group-work and experiential residencies that help build a true cohort of peer leaders and mentors that learn from each other. The cohort format allows students to build trust-based relationships that endure long after the completion of the program.

Students inside the Hariri building.


“The diversity of experiences and perspectives made for stimulating discussions in each and every class. The student collaboration and discussions led to friendships and associations that will go forward well beyond the program. The residencies also were valuable because, in many ways, they were an extension of the discussions we had in class.“

- Gerald Bruce (EML'12)


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Opening Residency: Challenges of Leading

The opening residency inspires students to begin thinking more deeply and systematically about their perspectives on leadership and the arenas in which they plan to demonstrate leadership. Students begin thinking about what they need to know; what kind of person they should be(come); and what they should do and how they should do it to become an effective leader. In addition, the residency helps to build a sense of camaraderie and teamwork among members of the cohort. 

Global Business Experience: Leading in an International Context

The global residency, a signature Georgetown McDonough experience, provides students the opportunity to implement concepts learned in the classroom to a leadership-focused consulting project for a client based in the residency location. Students, in small teams, work with the client over several weeks and have the opportunity to present their recommendations during the week-long global residency. Cohorts in the past have traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa for the global residency. 

Closing Residency: Leading for the Future

This residency places significant emphasis on the understanding and application of selected Jesuit disciplines such as contemplative action and daily examination. Before attending the Closing Residency, students will have created personal leadership action plans, which help them prepare for discussions about future growth and success as leaders.


Students in front of Nelson Mandela statue in South Africa.


“Residencies deepened my cohort’s relationships. They provided a concentrated, extended period away from distractions like email to dive deep into leadership challenges.“

- Ariel Batungbacal (EML'12)



Making the decision to enroll in a Georgetown McDonough executive degree program is more than a career-building move — it is a life-changing experience. After you finish your degree, you will have an open invitation to participate in our Lifelong Learning program, which allows you to return to our classrooms to refresh your knowledge, reconnect with faculty, and meet other executive degree alumni. Through this program, you have the opportunity to audit up to one elective course per year with our current Executive MBA students.

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Georgetown McDonough's executive degree programs are designed to give professionals a distinct career advantage and a worthwhile return on investment. Take a look at our executive degree brochure to learn more about our programs.

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